Lithuania paid a higher price for the Javelin anti-tank rockets it recently purchased from the United States than Estonia did. Government officials, however, said the price difference was due to more-modern equipment and additional undisclosed agreements.
Juozas Olekas at a flag ceremony
© DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

According to Lietuvos Žinios, Lithuania paid USD $55 million for 220 Javelin rockets and 74 launchers, while Estonia received 350 rockets and 120 launchers for the same price.

According to Minister of Defence Juozas Olekas, however, the difference might be in the make and model: “They acquired rockets that we already had in 2001. We extended our contract by acquiring renewed modern systems. We believe that it is somewhat more effective to get a few less rockets but to have the newest technology available, which would be able to destroy enemy equipment more accurately and effectively,” he said.

Weapons expert ret. Maj. Darius Antanaitis claimed that comparing Lithuania and Estonia's purchases would be difficult, because the information published about such purchases is often incomplete, and that such deals are often broader than they might seem.

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